Former Liverpool chairman and owner David Moores has died at the age of 76.
Moores served as Liverpool chairman from 1991 to 2007, and became honorary life president after selling his majority stake in the club in 2007.
Liverpool won 10 major trophies during his 16-year tenure, including the Champions League in 2005.
Moores’ death comes just weeks after his beloved wife of 39 years, Marge, passed away.
The Moores family held a majority stake in Liverpool for more than half a century with David taking over at Anfield in September 1991.
Alongside chief executive Rick Parry, he presided over Liverpool’s entry into the newly founded Premier League in 1992 and oversaw the managerial appointments of Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez during his time at the club.
However, in the pursuit of external investment to help develop a new ground Moores sold his controlling interest to Tom Hicks and George Gillett in 2007.
It was a move which quickly turned sour with the Americans eventually forced out in a bitter boardroom battle after considerable fan opposition and bank RBS calling in a £237million loan resulted in a sale to New England Sports Ventures (who subsequently became current owners Fenway Sports Group).
Moores returned to Anfield for the first time in a decade in December 2019 to watch Jurgen Klopp’s side beat Everton 5-2.
“The thoughts of everyone at Liverpool FC are with David’s family and friends at this difficult time,” said a statement from the club.
Former player and manager Kenny Dalglish wrote on Twitter: “Marina and I are both very saddened by the passing of David Moores.
“He was a loyal Liverpool fan whose dream came true when he was appointed chairman, and he did a tremendous amount to help the club.
“Our condolences go to his family. He’ll be greatly missed by all who knew him. RIP.”